EPA efforts highlighted at Democrats’ faith council meeting

Charlotte, N.C., Sep 5, 2012 / 05:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Concern for the environment and a desire to care for one's neighbor through the federal government were among the ways Democratic speakers described their faith in action at a religious gathering at the party's national convention.Lisa P. Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, said that her work to protect the environment stems from her faith, which drives her in an attempt to build "our country as … [Read more...]

Vandals hit Catholic monastery in Holy Land with fire and graffiti

Jerusalem, Israel, Sep 5, 2012 / 03:44 pm (CNA).- Vandals set fire to the door of the Latroun Monastery near Jerusalem on the morning of Sept. 4 and spray painted the walls with blasphemous phrases in Hebrew.The monks at the monastery were awakened in the early morning hours and found the front door on fire and their outside wall spray painted with the phrases, “Jesus is a monkey” and “Ramat Migron.” The second phrase was an apparent reference to the illegal Jewish … [Read more...]

Pope reflects on prayer in Book of the Apocalypse

Vatican City, Sep 5, 2012 / 11:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI says the final book of the Bible, which he referred to as the Book of the Apocalypse, provides Christians with a vision of a Church fully in communion with Jesus Christ in prayer.“The Apocalypse presents us with a community gathered in prayer, because it is in prayer that we gain an increasing awareness of Jesus’s presence with us and within us,” the Pope said during his Sept. 5 general audience at the … [Read more...]

Vatican Museums visitors happy priests are present

Vatican City, Sep 5, 2012 / 04:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A month-long pilot project to make priests available within the Vatican Museums to offer spiritual counseling to visitors is being hailed a success.“There are so many themes that are spoken of. We might speak of art and faith or of economics and faith. Some people come to share their experiences or difficulties in their personal, professional or family lives,” said Father Isaac Vondoame, one of two priests who were available … [Read more...]

Vatican Museums visitors happy priests are present

Vatican City, Sep 5, 2012 / 04:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A month-long pilot project to make priests available within the Vatican Museums to offer spiritual counseling to visitors is being hailed a success.“There are so many themes that are spoken of. We might speak of art and faith or of economics and faith. Some people come to share their experiences or difficulties in their personal, professional or family lives,” said Father Isaac Vondoame, one of two priests who were available … [Read more...]

Imam allegedly faked evidence in Pakistan blasphemy case

Islamabad, Pakistan, Sep 5, 2012 / 02:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Several witnesses have charged that a Muslim cleric fabricated evidence against a Down syndrome Christian girl accused of violating Pakistan’s strict blasphemy law.The witnesses include Hafiz Zubair, the deputy imam of a local mosque. He told police that Imam Khalid Jadoon Chishti deliberately stuffed pages from the Quran into a bag with burnt pages of a religious textbook that a young man brought to him. The young man … [Read more...]

Democratic platform includes free abortions, official ‘gay marriage’ support

Charlotte, N.C., Sep 5, 2012 / 01:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For the first time in American history, a major U.S. political party has incorporated support for a redefinition of marriage into its official statement of beliefs.The Democratic Party's platform, formally adopted at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. on Sept. 4, supports "marriage equality," a phrase used by those who wish to redefine marriage to include homosexual couples.The platform, which … [Read more...]


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